The Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism was established by members of the Taylor family, who published The Boston Globe from 1872 to 1999.
The purpose of the annual award is to encourage fairness in news coverage by American journalists and news organizations. The winner receives $10,000. Second and third place finalists receive $1,000 each.
William O. Taylor, chairman emeritus of the Globe, embraced the idea of an award for fairness in news coverage as a way to give something back to the craft to which five generations of his family devoted their working lives.
The Taylor family’s 127-year stewardship of the Globe was characterized by an enduring commitment to fairness. At his invitation, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard agreed to administer the prize in 2001.